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Category: Literature
Reference No: 6781
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Price: £20.00
  Clemence (and C.B.Cochran) Dane

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Oscar-winning English novelist and playwright.
Dane’s real name was Winifred Ashton (she took her pen name from the church on the Strand in London, St Clement Danes).

Her first novel, Regiment of Women was written in 1917 but it was a 1921 play, A Bill of Divorcement, telling the story of a daughter who cares for her deranged father, that made her famous. A smash hit on stage, in 1932 it was made into a film starring Katharine Hepburn and John Barrymore.

Dane began writing screenplays as well as novels. She co-wrote the screenplay for Anna Karenina starring Greta Garbo. The pinnacle of Dane’s success was winning an Academy Award with Anthony Pelissier for Vacation from Marriage, released in the United Kingdom as Perfect Strangers (1945), starring Robert Donat and Deborah Kerr.

She and Helen de Guerry Simpson wrote three detective novels featuring their creation Sir John Saumarez. Both were members of the Detection Club. The first, Enter Sir John, was filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1930 as Murder!.

Dane is believed to be the template of Madame Arcati, the eccentric medium in her friend Noël Coward's play, Blithe Spirit.

By the time of her death in London, on March 28, 1965, Dane had written more than 30 plays and 16 novels.

This is a very fine vintage 1930s album page (6.25" x 4.25"), nicely signed in blue fountain pen ink by Clemence Dane. The page also carries the scarce full signature in ink of English theatrical producer, Charles B.Cochran. In very good condition (with the ink signature of Mary Ellis to the reverse)

Charles B.Cochran (1972-1951)

Great English theatrical producer and manager, affectionately known as “Cockie”.

Cochran began his career as an actor in the USA, then turned impresario, becoming an agent for Mistinguett , Harry Houdini and other stars.

Bankrupted in 1924 by the failure of his Wembley rodeo venture, he made a rapid comeback with hugely successful Noel Coward musicals, This Year of Grace (1928), Bitter Sweet (1929) and Cavalcade (1931).

Cochran’s most successful production was Bless The Bride (Herbert and Ellis, 1947), which ran for 886 performances.